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Framing the Jina: Narratives of Icons and Idols in Jain History

John Cort


This book is an interpretive analysis of the role of icons (images) of the Jina (the perfected, liberated, and enlightened teachers) in Jainism. The book places different interpretive frames around the icon to understand some of the many ways that Jina icons have functioned in Jainism. Most of these frames are iconophilic narratives to account for and defend the origin, presence, and history of the Jina icons. There are also iconoclastic critiques of icons as idols that depict the introduction and worship of icons as a corruption of original Jainism. The Jain narratives include cosmological de ... More

Keywords: frame, history, icon, iconoclasm, iconophile, idol, image, Jain, Jainism, mandala, Murtipujaka, narrative, scripture, Shvetambara, Sthanakavasi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195385021
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Cort, author
Denison University
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